Corton and Bryony can light up Wetherby
BLACK CORTON can take the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby today (2.40).
The decent ground has reduced the field to just five but there’s plenty of quality on show.
The Paul Nicholls sevenyear-old has been well backed since it became clear there wouldn’t be any rain around the West Yorkshire track.
He’s already got winning form at Grade 1 level and kept some high company last year.
He didn’t like the soft ground when held in hot races at Aintree and Cheltenham late on, so these conditions should be ideal.
He ran up a sequence of wins early in the campaign and the Nicholls yard has started this season well.
This trip is ideal and there could be more to come over fences. It would be great to see Bryony Frost land her first big Saturday win since coming back from her injury layoff.
Double Shuffle hinted at winning a big race last season without ever quite managing it. His finest hour came when finishing second to Might Bite in a thrilling King George VI Chase on Boxing Day.
He struggled to match that on his two subsequent starts but this distance and track should bring out the best in him.
Definitly Red was sixth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup so is respected. He ended the season unseating in the Aintree Bowl but is better than that. However, he’s another who likes it soft with two of his best efforts coming on heavy ground. He’s gone well before here though and trainer Brian Ellison wouldn’t be running him unless he thought the going would be okay.
Virgilio is taking a deserved step up in grade after winning the Summer Cup at Uttoxeter. He stays well and will like the ground.
In this small field he may try to go from the front and get away from his rivals.
Top duo: Black Corton and Bryony Frost go clear at the last before winning the Sodexo Reynoldstown Chase at Ascot